AUSTIN (KXAN) - President Obama addressed the public from the White House Rose Garden on both the opening of new health care exchanges and the ongoing government shutdown on Tuesday. KXAN and various other news sources were liveblogging the speech, check below for a recap on the President's remarks (in chronological order):
@AP: BREAKING: Obama: Republican faction shut down government "over an ideological crusade" on health care
@KXAN_News: Obama: Republicans [need to] realize they don't get to hold the economy hostage
@KXAN_News: Obama: the shutdown is not about deficits, it's about rolling back efforts to provide health insurance to folks who don't have it
@KXAN_News: Obama: for next 6 months people have the opportunity to get affordable coverage they desperately need
@KXAN_News: Obama: 1-800-318-2596 call that number, you can get help on your health care application in 150 different languages
@KXAN_News: Obama: what's weighing on the economy is not the ACA but the constant serious of crises
@kwelkernbc: POTUS: "Congress has to stop governing by crisis...it's not worthy of this country."
@KXAN_News: Obama: that's not how we do things in America, we don't actively root for failure. We get to work and make things better
@KXAN_News: Obama: as long as I am President I will not give in to reckless demands by the Republican party to dismantle affordable healthcare
@KXAN_News: Obama: the irony is that they've shut down parts of the gov't but the ACA is open for business - pass a budget, move on
@KXAN_News: Obama: congress has to break this habit, it's a drag on the economy - it's not worthy of this country
@KXAN_News: Obama: Congress - authorize the treasury to pay the bills on what congress has already spent - it is routine, what they're supposed to do
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